The Premier League moves into its sixth game week as this unpredictable season continues to throw up some of the most exciting and ridiculous of games. As things stand, Everton have maintained their status as the early pace-setters, with 13 points from five games seeing them boast an undefeated record at this stage of the competition. Away from the Toffees, it is incredibly surprising to see Tottenham (seventh), Chelsea (eighth), Manchester City (11th) and Manchester United (15th) someway short of the top four. However, rather less surprising is the fact Fulham, Burnley, West Brom and Brighton take up most of the bottom sports in the league. With so many factors having a massive bearing on this week’s games, we have scoured the form books to find our best bets for the week. Don't forget to check English Premier League predictions on ProTipster.
What a game we have to mark the conventional Saturday night football slot, with two sides that have struggled for consistency going head-to-head at Old Trafford. Manchester United come into this one as the most inconsistent of the ‘big six’, with two wins and two losses, with their most notable result a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Tottenham in early October, seeing the side languishing down in 15th place with six points. However, they were the big winners in the week as they saw off Paris Saint-Germain in a superb 2-1 win in France in the Champions League. Chelsea meanwhile have picked up two wins along with two draws and a loss in the league, with that defeat coming in a 2-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool, with the result one that could have been far worse. Since then, the Blues have struggled to keep clean sheets with just one in the league all season. However, goals have not been a problem, with 20 in all competitions this year showing their attack is flourishing. With Chelsea’s penchant for scoring coupled with their inability to keep the ball out of the back of their own net, we feel this one could be a high scoring game. The winner of the match is slightly more difficult to pick though. However, Manchester United looked pretty impressive against PSG in the week and will come into this one full of confidence. The Blues meanwhile looked flat against Sevilla in Europe and while they did keep a clean sheet, it was not the result they wanted. With this in mind, we have picked United to win and over 3.5 goals.
Southampton have enjoyed a fairly good start to the season with two wins, one draw and two losses seeing them to seven points from a possible 15 so far. This has left the Saints in 12th in the league, meaning they are six clear of Burnley in 18th at this early stage of the campaign. Everton meanwhile have been a team renewed this year, remaining unbeaten in five with four wins and a draw so far. Most impressive was their last match against reigning-Premier League champions and arch-rivals Liverpool, where the Toffees battled to a 2-2 draw in a match that was a real examination of their credentials this year. Central to their efforts to this point has been Colombian James Rodriguez. The playmaker has looked like a completely different player to the one that has struggled at Real Madrid for years and he has added that sparkle to an Everton frontline that has often lacked that star quality. This match will be very different to last weekend’s clash with Liverpool as Southampton will likely look to stay compact and hold Everton back whilst trying to hit them on the break. This will likely mean that Everton will get a lot of the ball but little space in the attacking third, meaning someone like Rodriguez will be vital to picking the lock. Despite what we predict will be a close game, we are plumping for an Everton win at 8/5 with Unibet.
Our final bet of the weekend comes from Leicester’s trip to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have looked pretty good since the return of the league boasting three wins and two defeats in their opening five. The nine points they have picked up sees them sitting in fifth, four short of leaders Everton. While they have conceded six times in five matches, this defensive effort is actually quite impressive from an Arsenal side that have become synonymous with conceding a lot of goals. Leicester meanwhile boast the same amount of wins and losses but, by virtue of a better goal difference, come into those one a place above the Gunners. 3-0 and 1-0 losses to West Ham and Aston Villa respectively have put a real blot on the copybook of the Foxes, but these losses were very much out of character, with the side missing key players for both matches. In this one though, we feel that if striker Jamie Vardy is to return after missing out on their loss to Aston Villa, he will likely give Arsenal a real problem at the back. His pace and clever running lines have always troubled opposition sides and despite Arsenal’s recent defensive revival, we think that they will struggle to contain him. With this in mind, we are backing Vardy to score anytime at 7/5 with Paddy Power.
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